Mid-Tour Momentum

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Building off of an extensive Summer and Indio, and stepping indoors at just the right time, Phish is clearly getting their groove back. Their playing has oozed confidence and comfort, while characterized by precision and fire. When the band chooses to jam, they are doing it with a determined and patient creativity, and as we move on to the second two-thirds of tour, I’d imagine we’d begin to hear more open jamming. It would be nice to see the band focus on grooves and psychedelia a bit more than shredding rock and roll, but beggars can’t be choosers. Phish are definitely playing what they feel and playing it quite well. The most profound change in their dynamic since this fall tour started has been Mr. Trey Anastasio. While he may have been the slowest member of the band to regain his unbridled confidence, he has recently transformed into an absolute monster. Allowing his inhibitions to fall by the wayside, he has been shredding with an abandon unseen in years. Using meticulous lyrical phrasing amounting to guitar narratives, his sense of thematic jamming has returned in force, and it has effected the entire band.

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

The most compelling second-set improv thus far has stemmed from Detroit’s “Disease,” and Cincy’s “Rock n Roll” and Syracuse’s “Drowned”- the three vehicles they featured the most this summer. It seems like time to switch it up a bit from the rock-only set openers; time to drop in some darker and slower type-II springboards to open set two. How about opening up “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” or dropping another “Sand?” In the end, it doesn’t matter what songs they play, as long as they continue to evolve into more frequent psychedelia…Three of the central second set jams over the last two shows – “Rock and Roll,” “Drowned” and “Piper” have held a great similarity to each other – percussive grooves turned ambient space…The two dirtiest pieces of music thus far have ironically come in first sets – Detroit’s filthy, dripping “46 Days,” and Cincy’s evil “Split.” Now let’s see some of that type of improv stretched out under the spotlight of set two! As we turn the corner towards Philadelphia and Albany, two cities that have historically played host to legendary Phish, the band looks to build on the momentum from their opening leg as everyone moves towards Thanksgiving. And this year, we have a lot to be thankful for.

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833 Responses to “Mid-Tour Momentum”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wow. 1200 people on the Sherminator’s stream.

  2. Kenny Powers Says:

    rewarding the mid-week warriors, they are.


  3. CJ Says:

    Amazing on paper so far. I’ve only listened to Moma and Reba on stream. Can’t wait to hear Cities>Camel tomorrow, and, as always, Curtain.

    God. Part of me is really nervous that this magic somehow won’t make it to Albany. I gotta believe!

  4. beepaphone Says:

    Wow i think my dream set just went down

  5. albert walker Says:

    they are just throwin down so they are not pissed at the KDF closer

  6. albert walker Says:

    to close it out they need something huge

    Split, Antelope all done

  7. albert walker Says:

    Possum, Split, and Antelope all played in Cinci

    I actually could see a KDF closer

  8. beepaphone Says:

    t’would be the 3rd KDF of tour so far

  9. sumodie Says:

    @brandon: More thinking out of the box….would you be free to see Phish in Charlottesville VA on Saturday December 5th? Would your folks trust a fellow (40 y/o adult) pt’er to take you to and from the show? You’d be back home early Sunday morning.

    I’ll be hitting the MSGs, and with my unrelenting phish obsessiveness, thought I might make the 6 hr drive to Charlottesville, which means I’d pass by DC.


    I’m very serious. Though I have no tix -bet I score two, especially if folks here knew you were going.

  10. voopa Says:

    even TTE would be OK

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    just pulled into my parents in iowa and wow, do i wish i was in wachovia right now.

    looks amazing.

  12. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Man, that is a heavy hitter of a first set. Can’t wait to hear the NS!

  13. Locust the Lurker Says:

    Perfect, Sumodie!

  14. PBS Says:

    Brandon, take that offer. Once in a lifetime opportunity.

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Highway to hell closer

  16. jay Says:

    these guys are on fire. setlist looks huge.

  17. PBS Says:

    got a blank space…

  18. beepaphone Says:

    DO IT BK!
    hell yeah sumodie…good on you if you make that happen for him.

  19. Kenny Powers Says:

    Golgi. been about 70 minutes so far, right? gotta be the closer…or will it?!?

  20. oldskool Says:

    Trey knows Stealing Time has the potential to be a huge second set song. He loves to toy with me 🙂

  21. Frankie Says:

    sumodie, way to go man! 🙂

  22. PBS Says:

    wierd, the time synch must be messed up, already heard that golgi in its entirety here…

  23. Kenny Powers Says:

    well look at that, Stealing Time. Effing love that nasty tune. They had me at the Great Woods opener.

  24. beepaphone Says:

    @ KP I scored a nug from your tix!

  25. albert walker Says:

    had the right idea, right album
    wrong tune

    closing it stealing time style, nice

    these have sounded real nice lately

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